Tuesday 20 March 2018

Steam train excursion

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland's Drogheda to Skerries Shuttle will be running from Drogheda Railway Station on Sunday August 10th. This is the third year in a row that these popular trips have run and in the past they have all sold out very quickly.

The steam engine being used is the 461 locomotive which was featured in a number of films including Angela's Ashes, Durango, Rebel Heart and Her Own Rules.

The engine was delivered in 1922, when Ireland was in the grip of a civil war.

The railways frequently came under attack and many engines and other rolling stock were destroyed. Rather than send their brand new engine into this danger the DSER negotiated with the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) to have it stored in the Adelaide shed in Belfast, until after the hostilities ceased.

There will be two runs with the first departing McBride Station, Drogheda at 12.10 pm arriving back at 1.52 pm and the second train departing at 2.42 pm and returning at 4.12 pm.

Tickets are on sale from Drogheda Tourist Office, The Thosel, West Street. Fares Adult €12, Children (under 16) €6. The office opens Monday to Saturday 9.30 am - 5.30 pm.

Drogheda Independent